|Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death - TED.com|
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interestingly: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? In a fascinating talk Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; death; history; humanity; philosophy; TEDxBratislava; 2013
|Kelli Swazey: Life that doesn't end with death - TED.com|
In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when breath...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; death; world cultures; TEDMED 2013; 2013
|Matthew O'Reilly: “Am I dying?” The honest answer. - TED.com|
Matthew O’Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, New York. In this talk, O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; death; health; medicine; TED@NYC; 2014
|Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us - TED.com|
Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.
Keywords: Tedtalks; TED; Talks; creativity; death; entertainment; fear; storytelling; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life - TED.com|
Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; culture; death; humanity; life; TED2013; 2013
|Amanda Bennett: We need a heroic narrative for death - TED.com|
Amanda Bennett and her husband were passionate and full of life all throughout their lives together -- and up until the final days, too. Bennett gives a sweet yet powerful talk on why, for the loved ones of the dying, having hope for a happy ending shouldn't warrant a diagnosis of "denial." She calls for a more heroic narrative for death -- to match the ones we have in life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; death; health care; life; TEDMED 2013; 2013
|Peter Saul: Let's talk about dying - TED.com|
We can’t control if we’ll die, but we can “occupy death,” in the words of Dr. Peter Saul. He calls on us to make clear our preferences for end of life care -- and suggests two questions for starting the conversation.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; death; global issues; health; health care; tedx; TEDxNewy; 2011
|Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit - TED.com|
Here's a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally -- using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you'll ever see ...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; arts; death; design; green; invention; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|David R. Dow: Lessons from death row inmates - TED.com|
What happens before a murder? In looking for ways to reduce death penalty cases, David R. Dow realized that a surprising number of death row inmates had similar biographies. In this talk he proposes a bold plan, one that prevents murders in the first place. (Filmed at TEDxAustin.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; death; global issues; law; politics; prison; storytelling; tedx; TEDxAustin; 2012
|Peter Reinhart on bread - TED.com|
Batch to batch, crust to crust ... In tribute to the beloved staple food, baking master Peter Reinhart reflects on the cordial couplings (wheat and yeast, starch and heat) that give us our daily bread. Try not to eat a slice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; art; book; chemistry; death; food; life; love; science; 2008
|Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy - TED.com|
Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; Buddhism; compassion; culture; death; global issues; 2010
|Billy Collins: Two poems about what dogs think (probably) - TED.com|
What must our dogs be thinking when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner lives of two very different companions. It’s a charming short talk, perfect for taking a break and dreaming …
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; animals; creativity; death; love; poetry; TED2014; 2014
|Amy Smith shares simple, lifesaving design - TED.com|
Fumes from indoor cooking fires kill more than 2 million children a year in the developing world. MIT engineer Amy Smith details an exciting but simple solution: a tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning charcoal.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; Featured; MacArthur grant; alternative energy; death; design; engineering; global issues; haiti; industrial design; invention; 2006
|Nick Bostrom on our biggest problems - TED.com|
Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; antidepressants; biotech; culture; death; future; global issues; happiness; philosophy; technology; transhuman; 2005
|Rives controls the Internet - TED.com|
How many poets could cram eBay, Friendster and Monster.com into 3-minute poem worthy of a standing ovation? Enjoy Rives' unique talent.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2006; TED; Talks; arts; culture; death; entertainment; love; parenting; performance; philosophy; poetry; short talk; spoken word; technology; web; 2006
|David Rockwell builds at Ground Zero - TED.com|
In this emotionally charged conversation with journalist Kurt Andersen, designer David Rockwell discusses the process of building a viewing platform at Ground Zero shortly after 9/11.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; New York; architecture; arts; cities; collaboration; culture; death; design; disaster relief; interview; memory; urban planning; 2002
|Billy Graham on technology and faith - TED.com|
Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world -- but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk from TED's archives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED1998; TED; Talks; Christianity; God; death; faith; religion; technology; 1998
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|James Nachtwey's searing photos of war - TED.com|
Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life’s work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; TED Prize; activism; arts; culture; death; global issues; media; photography; poverty; social change; storytelling; war; 2007